Vienna's chocolate department has more to offer than the famous Sachertorte, the city's signature cake, although it is well worth trying, preferably in style at the authentic Cafe Sacher.
However, there are other points of interest where chocolate lovers' most sumptuous cocoa dreams will come true.
Xocolat - The uncontested number one in the city when it comes to the best selection of rare, quality chocolates from various parts of the planet. Savour cocoa delicacies in style at this beautiful shop, as the magnificent building alone is worth the trip
Aside from pre-packaged chocolate specialties, you can also sample their mouthwatering praline assortment. Bachhalm's dark chocolate with rose oil and candied rose petals will win over the heart of every choconnoisseur.
And rest assured, with its new, extended opening hours, Xocolat is now also open on Sundays and holidays to come to the rescue in case of chocolate emergencies.
Xocolat, Freyung 2 inside the arcades of Palais Ferstel, 1010 Vienna
Schokov - This nice little shop inside the Ringstrassen-Galerien (with three more locations in the 1st, 7th and 18th districts) carries an exclusive assortment of fine chocolates and pralines manufactured by acclaimed Austrian and international confectioners.
Schokov, Ringstrassen-Galerien, Top 67, Kärntner Ring 11-13, 1010 Vienna
Le Bol - For the best chocolate mousse in the city and maybe in the entire chocolate universe head to this charming little bistro in Vienna's center. This sweet piece of heaven is fluffy and goes by the befitting name of "Bombe au chocolat". Every bite melts on the tongue to create a lasting impression of cocoa-powdered bliss.
As if such mousse perfection wasn't enough, they also serve authentic hot chocolate made with real chocolate bars in various flavors. A selection of delicious salads, baguettes, tartines (try Tartine Pagnol for goat cheese melted on dark bread topped with fresh basil and salad on the side) and a daily choice of soups and quiches will tickle the fancy of every gourmet's palate. No wonder this place is extremely popular! Make sure to reserve early.
Neuer Markt 14, 1010 Vienna, phone: 0699 1030 1899